Visitors need 159 runs to level series

Jemimah Rodrigues in action against New Zealand in the second T20I

2nd T20I preview: A strong comeback will be expected from India after the hammering from New Zealand in the series-opener when the two teams square-up in the second T20 worldwide at Eden Park here on Friday.

Just 29 runs came from the last four overs as India executed excellently at the death, and to win, the Black Caps needed to produce another brilliant start with the ball. Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowlers from the Indian side.

Krunal Pandya took three for 28 and Khaleel Ahmed finished with figures of two for 27 as the tourists prevented New Zealand from exploiting Eden Park's short boundaries. "It's ridiculous", said former New Zealand bowler Simon Doull on air while adding that there was a clear inside edge. U.S. is the only country where they have not won a T20I match yet among countries in which they have played the shortest format.

The team could replace Ahmed with either Siddharth Kaul or Mohammad Siraj, who warmed the bench on Wednesday.

Indian captain Rohit Sharma and experienced campaigner MS Dhoni gathered around as confusion reigned, but in the end Mitchell had to respect the umpire's decision, and depart with just a solitary run to his name. "Now we are looking forward to the deciding T20I", skipper Rohit Sharma had said after the second T20I.

He could not do much in Wellington, getting four off 9 balls before spinner Mitchell Santner bowled him with a fast yorker. Kane Williamson would want his batsman to show more composure on the pitch.

India slumped to an 80-run loss in the opening fixture - their worst ever T20 defeat - and need a win to keep the three-match series alive. His counterpart Colin Munro also showed the back for 12 runs.

Coming back into the side after playing just one ODI against India, veteran Tim Southee proved his huge value with tidy figures of 17 runs in four over including three wickets.

The spinners, Ish Sodhi and Santner, too were on top of the Indian batsmen, sharing two wickets apiece.

Dhoni, the original master finisher, couldn't have been happier as he saw Pant control what could have been a tricky 159-run chase chase with an unbeaten 40 off 28 balls.



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